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    Changes For SWAC

    Meeting in Birmingham, the conference announces NO championship game.

    http://m.tdn.com/sports/football/swa...7312915cd.html

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    Re: Changes For SWAC

    "The league has held its own championship game since 1999, moving from Birmingham to Houston in 2013. The first three games at NRG Stadium each drew about 40,000 fans but that number dropped to 24,917 in 2016.

    "Our presidents just said it's not sustainable," Sharp said.


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    Re: Changes For SWAC

    The no championship game was announced back in May.

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    Re: Changes For SWAC

    Each HBCU "bowl" game not named the Bayou Classic has encountered the exact same attrition seen by the SWAC Championship game. It's the same thing that happened to the Heritage Bowl. They start out with some fanfare and some excitement... which eventually wears off.

    However, a better question is how long struggling ESPN will be in the bowl-sponsoring business.
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    Re: Changes For SWAC

    Quote Originally Posted by Lehigh Football Nation View Post
    Each HBCU "bowl" game not named the Bayou Classic has encountered the exact same attrition seen by the SWAC Championship game. It's the same thing that happened to the Heritage Bowl. They start out with some fanfare and some excitement... which eventually wears off.

    However, a better question is how long struggling ESPN will be in the bowl-sponsoring business.
    The Championship Game lasted from 1999-2017. The issue was probably more so the costs associated with the venue than actually attendance. Also canceling this game might actually help the Celebration Bowl be more successful.

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    Re: Changes For SWAC

    Good move. Last year Grambling fans traveled to New Orleans, Houston, and Atlanta in 4 week's time. A lot of fans had to make the decision to skip the SWAC title game in order to attend the Celebration Bowl. Now our fan focus can be on The Celebration Bowl which will only help attendance.

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    Re: Changes For SWAC

    A Championship Game for the SWAC would make sense, in a less expensive, more centrally located venue. Indy Stadium in Shreveport, for instance...or - even better - Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.

    NRG's great, but I gotta believe it's expensive as hell...24K paid attendance probably doesn't cover the rent very well.
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    Re: Changes For SWAC

    Looking at the SWAC schedule for 2017...so I guess Grambling and MVSU are going to play each other this season, but it's going to be a non-conference game. They must have had trouble finding a non-league opponent on short notice.

    It reminds me a little bit of North Carolina and Wake Forest, which are going to play non-conference games against each other in 2019 and 2021 (though that is happening for a different reason).

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    Re: Changes For SWAC

    Quote Originally Posted by FormerPokeCenter View Post
    A Championship Game for the SWAC would make sense, in a less expensive, more centrally located venue. Indy Stadium in Shreveport, for instance...or - even better - Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.

    NRG's great, but I gotta believe it's expensive as hell...24K paid attendance probably doesn't cover the rent very well.
    Does not. I don't quite understand how SHSU and SFA can do their BOTPW deal there w/ #s fluctuating around the mid-20K mark.

    If the SCG does return, it would be best, I would think, to host it @ the home place of the team w/ the better record.

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